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Le Figaro, L’Équipe and other French mobile apps filed lawsuits against Apple on 1er August, accusing the Apple brand of having violated competition law with its monopoly on the distribution of applications in the huge market represented by the iPhone.

Apple holds a “deliberate, anti-competitive and unjustifiable monopoly”, believe the two French newspapers associated with Geste, an association which represents publishers of content and online services, according to the complaint filed in a San Jose court. Like many other developers around the world, they criticize Apple for offering only one way to access users of the brand’s devices: the app store, an essential platform for downloading applications. The Californian group of technologies controls this platform of the regulations with the commission which the editors must pay to him on all the purchases of their customers, of 30%, except exceptions. “Apple has cornered the market for the distribution of apps on iOS (…) but not because it has built the best store”, argue the plaintiffs. “Apple deliberately built a monopoly by blocking potential competition through technical means and developer contracts.”

“Destroy” the competition

“Apple’s actions are designed to destroy competition,” assert their lawyers. They are asking for a jury trial, and are asking for a judge’s injunction to force Apple to change its practices, as well as damages. Their complaint cites excerpts from the judgment rendered after the lawsuit between Apple and Epic Games, the publisher of the video game phenomenon Fortnite. Epic had filed a complaint in 2020 against the iPhone maker for abuse of a dominant position, accusing it of exercising a monopoly on the purchase of goods and services in its online store. In November 2021, a US federal judge ordered Apple to allow an alternative payment system within the App Store, but also ruled that Epic had failed to prove that Apple had violated copyright law. competition. The company assures that the App Store is the best possible guarantee in terms of payment security and data confidentiality, and that allowing the download of applications outside this platform would pose security risks.

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